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Horizontal Flows 001 and 002 – Rounded Ends

Using Horizontal Flows 001, 002, and 043

This variation of the horizontal flow is nice to use when you want to indicate that there is no lead in or lead out, just a self-contained process or sequential list.

This type of series works well as an alternative structure to an agenda page and then a tracker for the rest of the document.

The HF043 frameworks are nice to introduce topics under a main thought. There are two variations of these frameworks: one with straight lines (as in the series example) and one with slanted lines (as in the series thumbnail). The straight lines imply pieces of a whole and the slanted lines imply flow, which means there are actually two series in this one.

Once you have identified the best-suited PowerFramework, download it to a specific location on your computer so you'll be able to find it (the desktop is always a good choice).

Customizing your PowerFrameworks Bullet Flow

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the PowerFramework, be sure to group it and resize the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations. You can also adjust the space between the pieces..

Color variations

Select color from your document's color palette or a complimentary color so that the PowerFramework will reflect the color scheme of the rest of your document. Select "No line" if you want to eliminate the outline of the object, or change the line point size if you want thinner or heaver lines.

3D variation

A 3D effect adds volume to the PowerFramework, which can be accomplished within PowerPoint after it is imported. To add 3D to this type of an object, use the shadow tool instead of the 3D tool: shadow styles 17 and 18 work really well.


A shadow effect adds interest and dimension to a graphic, which can be accomplished within PowerPoint after the PowerFramework has been imported. If you want to place text above or below the framework and the shadows are in the way, the colors/shades of the shadows can be adjusted so the text will "pop."

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients, patterns, and pictures can be added as fills from the "Fill Effects" menu. Gradients, when carefully used, can also add motion to a flow such as this.


Animations of flows should be restricted to wipes, peak in, crawl in, fly in, etc., from the left or right to show a build and to enhance the effect of the flow.

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